“Seven Summits” Goal Within Reach for Ismaili Mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali After Climbing North America’s Highest Peak, Mt. McKinley in Alaska

“….when it comes to being the first Pakistani woman and the first Ismaili woman to put the nation’s flag and the Ismaili Imamat red and green flag on top of the world, one cannot adequately express the feeling. It is indeed a BLESSING of a life time! We did bring the flag back, and with all love and respect, sent it to Sarcar Mawlana Hazar Imam.” — Samina Baig in exclusive interview with Simerg, see link below.

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Mirza Ali and his sister Samina Baig hoist the Ismaili Imamat Flag after reaching the summit of North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley, in Alaska, on June 28, 2014. Their goal is to reach all the "Seven Summits", and with this latest conquest only one remains to be peaked. Photo: Malik Mirza/Samina Baig.

Mirza Ali and his sister Samina Baig hoist the Ismaili Imamat Flag after reaching the summit of North America’s highest mountain, Mt. McKinley, in Alaska, on June 28, 2014. Their goal is to reach all the “Seven Summits”, and with this latest conquest only one remains to be peaked. Photo: Mirza Ali/Samina Baig. Copyright.

In a recent exclusive Interview with Simerg, Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali Baig spoke about the challenges of mountaineering and their goal to scale the “Seven Summits”, that is to reach the top of the highest mountain in each continent over a period of several months. At the time of the interview, five of the seven mountains including Mt. Everest, the world’s highest, had been conquered since they began their quest in April 2013. Two remained to be climbed.

On June 28, 2014, at 7:20 pm, the brother and sister team made it to North America’s highest summit, Mt. McKinley (20,322ft/6,194m), also known by the native name Denali in the Koyukon and Athabaskan languages, meaning the “High One”. The weather condition was unpredictable and, incredibly, the gain from the base camp to the summit was higher than Mt. Everest!

Sunrise alpenglow on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo by: National Park Service /Tim Rains

Sunrise alpenglow on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Photo by: National Park Service /Tim Rains

The duration of the expedition was three weeks. Mirza Ali stated that it could have been done in 18 days, but they got struck at Camp IV at 17,200 ft for four days due to severe weather. It took them 15 hours for the return climb.

As with Mt. Everest and other mountains, Samina and Mirza hoisted the Ismaili Imamat Flag on the peak of Mt. McKinley.

MOUNT ELBRUS: NEXT AND LAST IN THE “SEVEN SUMMITS”
FOR SAMINA AND MIRZA ALI BAIG

While there are differing explanations on how the Caucasus Mountain Range is distributed between Europe and Asia, it is generally accepted  that Mount Elbrus (18,510ft) is in Europe and is therefore the highest mountain in all of Europe. Photo: Wikipedia.

While there are differing explanations on how the Caucasus Mountain Range is distributed between Europe and Asia, it is generally accepted that Mount Elbrus (18,510ft) is in Europe and is therefore the highest mountain in all of Europe. Samina and Mirza Ali Baig are now on their way to Russia for the climb. Photo: Wikipedia.

Simerg congratulates Samina and Mirza on their monumental feat and continuing success, and wishes them the very best as they depart the USA to conquer the last of the seven summits, Mount Elbrus (18,510ft/5,642m) in Russia, which is considered to be the highest mountain in Europe. They expect to reach their goal of “Seven Summits” by the end of this month or early next month, Inshallah.

Date posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Date updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Mt. Elbrus photo).

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Please read Simerg’s Exclusive Interview with Mirza Ali and his Sister Samina Baig Who Became the First Ismaili and Pakistani Woman to Reach the Summit of Mt. Everest

An Ismaili (and the Flag) on Top of Mt. Everest….and Forthcoming @Simergphotos, Rare and Historical Photos from Australian and Other Private Collections

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ISMAILI MOUNTAINEERS

Samina Baig's cultural elegance captured in this  exquisite cultural dress from Hunza. Photo: Samina Baig's Facebook page.

Samina Baig’s cultural elegance captured in this exquisite cultural dress from Hunza. Photo: Samina Baig’s Facebook page.

PLEASE CLICK: Simerg’s Exclusive Interview with Mirza Ali and his Sister Samina Baig Who Became the First Ismaili and Pakistani Woman to Reach the Summit of Mt. Everest

Samina Baig at 21 became the first Ismaili woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest as part of her goal to scale the world’s SEVEN SUMMITS. In an exclusive interview with Simerg, when asked about placing the Ismaili flag on top Everest and if she left it there, she said:

“….And when it comes to being the first Pakistani woman and the first Ismaili woman to put the nation’s flag and the Ismaili Imamat red and green flag on top of the world, one cannot adequately express the feeling. It is indeed a BLESSING of a life time! We did bring the flag back, and with all love and respect, sent it to Sarcar Mawlana Hazar Imam.”

Please Continue Reading This World Exclusive Interview for the broader perspectives it offers about the challenges of climbing some of the world’s highest mountains!

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STARTING WEEK OF MAY 5:  EXTRAORDINARY, RARE AND HISTORICAL PHOTOS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Photo: Collection of the family of the late Mrs. Jean Kirk, Headmistress, Aga Khan Primary School, Nairobi. Copyright: Allison Wallace, Australia.

Photo: Collection of the family of the late Mrs. Jean Kirk, Headmistress, Aga Khan Primary School, Nairobi. Copyright: Allison Wallace, Australia.

 

Simerg Exclusive Interview: Samina Baig, the First Pakistani and Ismaili Woman to Climb Mt. Everest, Sets Ambitious Goal to Conquer the World’s Seven Summits

On May 19, 2013, at precisely 7:40 am, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to reach the peak of the world`s highest mountain, Everest, and proudly place on it the flag of Pakistan as well as that of the Ismaili Imamat, which is often referred to as ‘My Flag’ by members of the Ismaili community. She spent 10 minutes on the summit as her mentor, trainer and proud older brother, Mirza Ali Baig, watched her unique accomplishment from a few hundred metres away….Continue Reading This World Exclusive Interview

Samina Baig climbing Mt. Everest. Photo: Mirza Ali. Copyright.

Samina Baig climbing Mt. Everest. Photo: Mirza Ali. Copyright. Click on image to read interview.

PLEASE CLICK: Simerg’s Exclusive Interview with Mirza Ali and his Sister Samina Baig Who Became the First Ismaili and Pakistani Woman to Reach the Summit of Mt. Everest

 

To the Memory of Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam

The Energy of Roshan and Zeenab

The deaths of Roshan and Zeenab in Kabul at the hand of terrorists have touched the hearts of thousands around the world.

The deaths of Roshan and Zeenab in Kabul at the hand of terrorists on the eve of Navroz have touched the hearts of thousands in Afghanistan, Canada and all around the world.

By Navyn Naran

how were you born?

who is your mother?
whose child are you?
who bears a child?
a woman.

we, are all children.
children of the One,
“Who begets not , nor is He begotten
and there is none like unto Him”
so speaks the faith.

It is about the children,
our children,
each child, one child, any child
all the children

you, were a child
and are still;
a body, with a Spirit Breathed into you,
and your ‘child becomes the Man’

on a new moment and new day,
The Movement stirs,
is it the Wind of the Universe
pushing forward Time?
Giving Life and Taking Life Away

a woman bears a child
The Blessing comes to her,
and she, is the mother.
a teacher, teaches children
inculcates knowledge
to respect
and understand Allah’s Creation
spiritual and physical.
Why?
so that “we may leave this world
a better place than the way
we find it”
does not the Qur’an says:
“and whoseover takes a life,
it is as if he has destroyed all humanity”?

and the Prophet (s.a.s) has said;
“And Paradise lies
at the foot of the Mother”
then what is it you are
trying to achieve?

A Child. A Spark
of the Almighty’s Hand
Lo!
“an oil, neither of the east , nor of the west,
whose Light glows forth, though no fire touched it.”
Who?
Allah!
“Light upon light” the Noor says.

Roshan was light, Zeenab, a flowering plant

the mothers of children of the world
“she was more than a mother”
“her body may have died but the values
will only be stronger”
mother of her own children
mothers of belief and tenacity
mothers of courage and love..

as water flows, a child grows
plants reach high, lit from Greater than the sky..
what will you teach them, these children?
what will you share with them, the values?
how will you train them, the principles?

Rahim, Rishma, Karim, Sameera,
Karim-Aly and family,
children

know this:
E=MC2
“the energy of the Universe is in one mustard seed”…
the Energy of Roshan and Zeenab
is now faster than the speed of light

Squared

Revised: Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Copyright: Navyn Naran

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Author’s note: This poem in written to the Taliban in the context that each of them was born to and through a mother. Each was a child in time, and still is their mother’s child. The poem is best acted out and the various stanzas are to be read by children and adult children of different ages…this should invoke a feeling of an individual’s journey in time and a realization that killing one human is as if “one destroyed entire humanity,” including oneself. This, the taliban are doing. The energy they believe they want to overthrow, through the children they destroy, will be  transcended to a greater Force because it is Blessed through Allah.

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To read more about Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam and the recent tragedy in Kabul, please visit http://ismailimail.wordpress.com, a definitive resource of news about the Ismaili community. We welcome your tribute to Roshan and Zeenab; please click Leave a comment or if you encounter a technical difficulty send your message to simerg@aol.com, subject: Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam.

 

What one Ottawa architect enjoys most about the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building

A Canvas for Light

 “When the sun moves across the sky, the shadows dance along the building’s surfaces.”  Photo: Maki and Associates/Moriyama and Teshima Architects.

“When the sun moves across the sky, the shadows dance along the building’s surfaces.” Photo: Maki and Associates/Moriyama and Teshima Architects.

By Kristopher Benes 

As an architect I often get asked to name my favourite Ottawa building! Being a fan of minimalism I was often hard pressed to find anything non-residential that came immediately to my mind –- until that is, when the Ismaili Imamat Delegation building was completed in 2008.

Modern architecture often draws criticism for being too stark, extreme in its simplicity. However, it is its ability to highlight the world around us that I find to be so beautiful in modernism.

The clarity with which the play of shadows for instance may fall upon a crystal white surface allows architecture to behave as an ever-changing canvas, a reflector if one prefers, of what is going on all around. When the sun moves across the sky, the shadows dance along the building’s surfaces and when the sky takes on a different shade, the building glows in a completely different light.

"When the sky takes on a different shade, the building glows in a completely different light." Photo: © AKDN/Mo Govindji.

“When the sky takes on a different shade, the building glows in a completely different light.” Photo: © AKDN/Mo Govindji.

Light can be a wonderful paint brush for those blank walls; it does not need any more complexity than that. And obviously, Fumihiko Maki, the building’s design architect, understands light better than I ever could hope to (after all he has won a Pritzker Prize for his contributions and has enjoyed a career spanning some 50 years).

I think it is this understanding of light and an ability to shape it so beautifully which speaks to me most about the Ismaili Imamat Delegation Building.

Date posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Copyright: Kristopher Benes/Simerg.

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Kristopher Benes is a multi-disciplinary Ottawa based architect and principal of Open Plan Architects Inc.

Islam’s 99 Names of God: Andrew Kosorok, A Christian Artist from Utah, Seeks to Explore Them Through Glass Sculptures

“I learned that when Mohamed was asked how a person could get into Heaven he told them they needed to learn the Names of God; when pressed on how many there were Mohamed responded that there were 99. This really resonated with me; I began to study the Names and respond to them through glass sculpture, and the 99 Names Project was born…” — Andrew Kosorok, Utah

PLEASE CLICK: A Christian Artist’s Epic and Noble Journey of Uniting Faiths Continues As He Completes the First 25 Sculptures Depicting Islam’s 99 Names of God

Wellspring of Peace (As-Salam). Photo: Andrew Kosorok. Copyright.

Wellspring of Peace (As-Salam). Photo: Andrew Kosorok. Copyright.

“Madiba, My Hero” by Zulfikarali Khoja and “Renewal and Renaissance” by Nelson Mandela

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela

Extreme close-up of a detail of a new South African Hundred Rand banknote, featuring an engraving of the face of iconic statesman Nelson Mandela, giving his trademark smile. South African wildlife and African designs form the watermarked background. Photo: Istockphoto> Copyright.

A close-up of a detail of a South African Hundred Rand banknote, featuring an engraving of the face of iconic statesman Nelson Mandela, giving his trademark smile. South African wildlife and African designs form the watermarked background. Photo: Istockphoto. Copyright.

By Zulfikarali M. Khoja
(special to Simerg)

My diverse background has provided me with three world-class heroes. As a Gujarati speaking Canadian, Ghandi stands out as my hero. The Mahatma found the roots of his policy of non-violence in South Africa where he experienced racism in its extreme form. There is a saying that India gave South Africa Ghandi and in return South Africa gave India the Mahatma.

Heroes Gandhi, Mandela, and Pearson

Heroes Gandhi, Mandela, and Pearson. Image: Wikipedia photos.

As a proud Canadian I found my hero in Lester Pearson, Nobel Prize winner for Peace. It is while sitting in a geography class in a segregated school in Pretoria that I was introduced to this figure who originated the Blue Helmeted Peace Keepers to the world. At that time I dreamt of going to Canada. My dream came true!!

As a South African born Canadian there is so much one could write about Madiba, My Hero! I shall restrict myself to two things.

 Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Map: Wikipedia.

Mandela's cell at Robben Island. Photo: Wikipedia.

Mandela’s cell at Robben Island. Photo: Wikipedia.

His capacity for forgiveness was so deep and pure that it is difficult to imagine. I was fortunate enough to visit Robben Island. The small cell he spent 27 years and the conditions under which he had spent day after day breaking rocks was heart breaking. Tears rolled down my face as I stood in the middle of the quarry. Yet under these awful conditions he stood as a role model for his fellow prisoners, he studied at night, including Afrikaans, the language of his oppressors. How else would he be able to communicate with his prison guards and understand his enemy? How else would be able to negotiate without knowing his enemy. He believed very strongly that forgiveness does not change the past but opens the future. A future for all South Africans and for the world where is civil strife.

In one of the interviews he was asked what did you miss the most while in prison. His response was the interaction with children. Soon after he became the President of new South Africa he established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF). Fifty percent of his salary was donated to establish this fund. With headquarters in Johannesburg the NMCF has affiliates in various parts of the world, including Canada.

Nelson Mandela with  Graça Machel  created a bold new movement to turn the world around for millions of children. Photo credit: UNICEF

Nelson Mandela with Graça Machel created a bold new movement to turn the world around for millions of children. Photo credit: UNICEF

I was fortunate to be the NMCF Chapter Chair for Ottawa. This opportunity to share the ideals and vision of Madiba to the youth of Ottawa through Youth Conferences on the Hill and extra-curricular activities in school was an enriching experience beyond measure. The Brookfield High School Choir sang South African songs throughout the city and at a variety of public events. This was only one of the ways in which Madiba’s vision was shared with Ottawa citizens.

As an educator and mediator I have been fortunate to have had these lifetime enriching experiences which I share with my children and especially my grandchildren. They are already following in their grandfather’s footsteps.

Date posted: Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Copyright: Zulfikarali M. Khoja.

Please also see Khoja’s piece Ismaili Penmanship in 1906 contributed for Simerg’s special series I Wish I’d Been There.

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Please click: RENEWAL AND RENAISSANCE – TOWARDS A NEW WORLD ORDER

Please click on image for Nelson Mandela's article.

Unique Moments from the Extraordinary Life of His Highness the Aga Khan III – the Beloved 48th Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims

“On 2nd November, 1877 my beloved grandfather was born here in Karachi. Through 72 years of Imamat, he guided his spiritual children to happiness and prosperity….Many many memories come to our minds as we think of him. He achieved in his life, for our community that which could only have been accomplished normally in a period of many generations. The tributes that the world has paid him bear honest testimony to his great life and work” — His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th Ismaili Imam

The late 48th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, seated on a wheelchair with members of his family with his successor, the present Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan, standing at extreme right. Others in the photo (l to r), grandson Prince Amyn Muhammad ,and the late Imams two sons, the late Prince Sadruddin and Prince Aly Khan, who is seen holding his daughter Princes Yasmin Aga Khan Photo: Zul Khoja Collection, Ottawa.

The 48th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan (1877 – 1957), seated on a wheelchair with members of his family with his successor, the present Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan, standing at extreme right. Others in the photo (l to r), grandson Prince Amyn Muhammad , and the 48th Imam’s  two sons, the late Prince Sadruddin and Prince Aly Khan who is seen holding his daughter Princes Yasmin Aga Khan. Photo: Zul Khoja Collection, Ottawa.

November 2, 2013 marks the 136th birth anniversary of the 48th Ismaili Imam, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan III. Born in Karachi in 1877, he assumed the reign of Imamat at the age of seven, and ruled the Ismailis  for 72 years, becoming the community’s longest-serving Imam. He passed away on July 11, 1957, and willed that the mantle of Imamat should pass to his grandson, the present 49th Imam, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

We are pleased to provide our readers with links to diverse articles, stories and photo essays related to the beloved 48th Imam, who has been described in one of the pieces as the Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution. Please click on the following selections:

COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY AND DECORATIONS

His Highness the Aga Khan III,  48th Imam of Shia Imami Ismailis, in full regalia. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Collection.

His Highness the Aga Khan III, 48th Imam of Shia Imami Ismailis, in full regalia. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Collection.

1. Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah – An Astonishing and Extraordinary Personality

2. Titles, Decorations and Honours Conferred on 48th Ismaili Imam; 72 Year Reign Spanned Six British Monarchs and Seventeen PM’s

INSPIRING STORIES BY THE YOUTH

The late Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III pictured with Badrudin Adatia. Recalls Adatia: "I wanted to take picture of him with us and I asked his permission. The room was dim, however, and I didn’t have a flash on my camera. Although he was very sick and could not even walk, he told me he would head toward the window where there would be better light. Imagine! I clasped my hands with respect and said, “No Khudavind. I will take the picture just as we are.” Photo: Badrudin Adatia collection.

The late Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III pictured with Badrudin Adatia. Recalls Adatia: “I wanted to take picture of him with us and I asked his permission. The room was dim, however, and I didn’t have a flash on my camera. Although he was very sick and could not even walk, he told me he would head toward the window where there would be better light. Imagine! I clasped my hands with respect and said, “No Khudavind. I will take the picture just as we are.” Photo: Badrudin Adatia collection.

3. Yakimour 1954: A Golden Moment for an Aspiring Student – An Audience with the 48th Ismaili Imam, Aga Khan

4. “Mawla Fulfilled My Wish”

5. On Meeting the Noorani Family – My Voyage to Europe

6. An Ismaili Youth’s Rare Moment With Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah

PHOTO ESSAYS: EXTRA ORDINARY VISITS AND THE JUBILEES

His Highness the Aga Khan at a reception by the Ismaili community in South Africa.

His Highness the Aga Khan at a reception by the Ismaili community in South Africa.

7. Imam’s Message in South Africa Addressed Artificial Barriers, Unity, Education for All, and Damaging Social Habits

8. Historical American Newspapers on His Highness the Aga Khan’s ‘Incognito’ Visit to the USA in 1906-1907

9. Photo Essay: The Historical Jubilees of His Highness the Aga Khan (1877-1957), the Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution

10. World Renowned Photographer Sarite Sanders Portrays Mysterious Radiance of a Fatimid Tomb and the Elegance of the Aga Khan Mausoleum

EXAMPLE SETTER AND DEDICATION TO ISLAM AND THE MUSLIM WORLD

A group comprising doctors, health and public officials gathered on a street in Bombay about to begin the day's work, during an outbreak of plague. Photo Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images. Copyright.

A group comprising doctors, health and public officials gathered on a street in Bombay about to begin the day’s work, during an outbreak of plague. Photo Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Copyright.

11. His Highness the Aga Khan and the Bubonic Plague of 1897: How the Ismaili Imam’s Courage and Leadership Saved Countless Lives

12. Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A “Mendicant” Who Transformed a Dream into Reality and Stirred the Soul of a Bitter Critic

13. Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A Muslim’s Analysis of Lessons that Can be Learnt from the 48th Ismaili Imam

Videos of Kofi Annan’s Lecture and Discussion on Diversity and Peace in the 21st Century

Kofi Annan on jacket of his new book which tells the story of his remarkable time at the center of the world stage.

Kofi Annan on jacket of his new book which tells the story of his remarkable time at the center of the world stage.

FOR COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE AND VIDEOS PLEASE CLICK: The Global Centre for Pluralism

INTRODUCTION: By clicking on the above image or hyperlink you will have an opportunity to see numerous videos and transcripts from an event hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism as part of its Annual Lecture Series. The 2013 lecture was delivered by Kofi Annan on May 23 at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada, and included remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, who is also the Chairman of the Global Centre for Pluralism. In his speech he acknowledged Mr. Kofi Annan’s tireless work to foster peaceful dialogue around the world. Other remarks were given by Canada’s former Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and the Global Centre’s Secretary General John McNee. The Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, John Stackhouse, led a Q & A with Mr. Kofi Annan.

Again, for a very comprehensive coverage of the event as well as to view all the videos, please click on The Global Centre for Pluralism.

The following are other links covering the event:

1. Readers may wish to view an edited version of John Stackhouse’s Q & A session with Mr. Annan at the newspaper’s website  by clicking on Kofi Annan in Conversation with Globe and Mail’s John Stackhouse. 

2. TRANSCRIPT: “As you know, Kofi Annan retired from his official post six years ago. But he has in no way retired from his role as an active global statesman – tirelessly working to foster peaceful dialogue around the world…” — His Highness the Aga Khanmore at AKDN

3. TRANSCRIPT: “Ladies and gentlemen, Kenya and Syria are two different examples from my own experience which show why the Aga Khan and the Canadian Government are to be commended for having the vision and generosity to create this institution [Global Centre for Pluralism]….” — Kofi Annan… more at Kofi Annan Foundation (note, this is a pre-released text).

4. ARTICLE: To read The Globe and Mail report of the speech, please click Syria’s civil war likely to explode – Kofi Annan. The article includes several comments posted by its readers, and you might wish to participate in the discussion.

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A Life in War and Peace: A Statesman’s Forum with Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan

Readers may be interested in Kofi Annan’s presentation and a Q & A session at the Brookings institute in Washington DC to mark the release of his memoir Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (Penguin Press, 2012). Please click on Kofi Annan – Brookings Lecture and Q & A Session or image below:

Please click to watch Kofi Annan's presentation  at the Brookings Institution.

Please click to watch Kofi Annan’s presentation at the Brookings Institution.

Watch a Recent Interview of Kofi Annan and Join Today’s Live Webcast of His Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

NOTE: This post has now been superseded. Please see new post by clicking Videos of Kofi Annan’s Lecture and Discussion on Diversity and Peace in the 21st Century

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Kofi Annan to be interviewed by John Stackhouse of the Globe and Mail

Please  click on THE GLOBE AND MAIL today, Thursday May 23 at 6:30 p.m. (i.e. 18:30 EST North America; 23:30 London, England; 01:30 a.m. Friday May 24, Nairobi, Kenya; 03:30 a.m. Friday May 24,  Karachi, Pakistan) for the discussion.

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Join the Globe and Mail today,  Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. (18:30 EST) for a live webcast of the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Lecture delivered by Kofi Annan. The former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner will discuss sectarian division around the world and how diversity may impact peace in the decades to come,. Mr. Annan’s 20-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute Q & A with editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, John Stackhouse. This will be followed by a 20-minute Q & A with the audience.

Please  click on The Globe and Mail on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. (i.e. 18:30 EST North America; 23:30 London, England; 01:30 a.m. Friday May 24, Nairobi, Kenya; 03:30 a.m. Friday May 24,  Karachi, Pakistan) for the discussion.

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“Kofi Annan has been remarkable in his judgment” — H.H. The Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: John MacDonald. ©

His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: John MacDonald. ©

Peter Mansbridge:  Who’s showing leadership in this world right now in terms of the major global issues? Who do you look to as a leader, whether it’s a political leader or not?

 His Highness the Aga Khan: I think there are a number of people in the U.N. system who’ve shown leadership, who have shown balanced judgment on these issues. Because when all is said and done, it’s the balance of the judgment that counts. And it’s understanding the issues. I think, amongst others, Kofi Annan has been remarkable in his understanding of the issues. He’s also had a team of people around him who are very good. (Link to transcript of CBC interview at end of post).

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Kofi Annan in Conversation with the Managing Editor of Time Magazine

The video “A Conversation with Kofi Annan” is in honor of the publication of his book Interventions: A Life in War and Peace.

To watch video, click Here or on video image above

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations discusses the UN’s relationship with America, its role in interventions around the world, Syria, China, and more.

(Interviewed by Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of TIME, at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, February 8, 2013, in an event presented with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).

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Date posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Last updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013 (book jacket)

For transcript of CBC interview please click: One on One: Peter Mansbridge with His Highness the Aga Khan